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Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by JCantrell, Mar 29, 2020.
Which look do you prefer, 61 or batwing?
I like both. No preference. Whichever one plays better.
my entire playing life i thought “the bat wing” pickguard was the little one - it looks more like a bats wing to me, but what do i know.... i just googled to be sure and ive been wrong for 20 years of playing *facepalm*
i like “the big pickguard” which means i had to switch my vote to “batwing”
pickguards play differently to you? huh
61 makes it so much easier to swap pickups. You dont even have to take the strings off. The batwing is so much more invasive, I am not a fan.
Theres also my SG which has never had a pickguard on it. I've thought about adding one but I like it as is. Probably wouldnt work aesthetically with a glossy top, but I really like it with the matte tops.
dont add one to that - its perfect as is
I chose Batwing but I actually like both.
Depends on the guitar color.
The original “61” was classy. Unfortunately, they went down market with the batwing. Sorry.
Gotta be the bat!
6C17C471-BFB4-479D-B84A-C66553C70CA7 by Windup 43 posted Apr 18, 2018 at 11:28 PM
Its not just about the look. The pickup locations are a touch different between the two. I do a good deal of custom mod and finish work for clients and there have been a few batwing to 61 fill/re-rout and refinish SGs in my shop over the years. Many players love the larger necks on the batwing SGs but want the coveted 61 look. Add to that the opportunity to go Wraptail or P90 and a nitro refin in your favorite color can be tempting.
Good luck with whatever you choose,
When I had SGs, I found that the the bat wing didn't angle the bridge pickup correctly with the string direction. The 61 design does. If I can hear the difference in pickup response, it always results in preference for the 61.
On multi-pickup SG's, I have no preference.
On Jr's, I prefer the non-batwing option:
Definitely the Vintage (61)! I think the Batwing takes up too much of the body and takes away from the SG shape/look. The Vintage adds just enough difference that looks cool.
Some good points being made here. Not having owned a batwing SG for several years, I had forgotten that it was a bit more difficult to swap pups on it.
I slightly prefer the vintage look, but if I were picking between a batwing and vintage style and the batwing sounded and played better for whatever reasons (not saying it's the pickguard) I'd go with the batwing.
I prefer the '61, but I'd like it even more if it followed the shape of the guitar.
Batwing for sure.
I’d happily play either though
The large guard Standard usually has the neck joint a little longer than the 61RI and that places the strap button in a slightly different spot, which makes it hang in a little different position. I like how the Standard hangs on a strap better, even though the styling of the 61RI looks better to me.
i was not aware of that - thank u!